Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillahi rabbil alamin wasalatu wa salamu ala rasulina muhammadin wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmain nahmadulllahu ta’ala wa nastaghfiruhu wa nashadu an-lailaha ilallahu wahdahu la sharika lah wa nashadu anna sayyidina muhammadin abduhu wa habibuhu wa rasuluhu salallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa azwajihi wa ashabihi wa atbaihi khulafail rashidin, mahdin min ba’di wuzerail immeti alal tahkik khususan minhum alal amidi khulafai rasulillahi ala tahqeeq umara il mu’mineen hazreti abu bakr wa umar wa uthman wa ali wa ala baqiyati wa sahabai wa tabieen ridwanallahu ta’ala alayhim ajmain.
Ya ayyuhal mu’minun al hadirun ittaqullaha ta’ala wa ati’uh inna allaha ma allathina-ttaqaw wallathina hum muhsinun. Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen. Wa Salatu wa Salamu ala Ashrafil Ambiya’i wa Imam al-Mursaleen Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammadin wa ala alihi wa sahbihi ajmain.
All praises are due to Allah, Lord of the Universes. All praises are due to Allah Who is giving us the Reminder in the Kuran-i-Kerim, the Furkan-i-Hamid, telling us: BismillahirRahmanirRahim “And (remember) when We prepared for Ibrahim the place of the Holy House, saying: “Don’t associate anything as a partner to Me, and purify My House for those who want to make the Tawaf of it, or stand up, or bow, or make sajdah. And announce the Hajj to mankind. They will come to you on foot, and on every lean camel, and they will come on journeys through deep and distant mountain highways- so that they might witness things that are benefits for them, and remember the Name of Allah, through the days appointed, over what He has provided for them of Kurban animals. So eat of them and feed the people in distress who are needy. Then let them make an end of their unkemptness, of their dirtiness, and perform their vows, and make Tawaf around the Ancient House.” Sadaqallahul Azim (22:26-29).
May all peace and blessings be upon Master of the Holy Sanctuaries, the Master of the First and the Last, the Master of the Arab and the Ajam, Sayyidina Muhammad (AS). “Ya Allah, bless our master Muhammad and the family of our master Muhammad in quantity as great as what You created before the sky was set up, the earth laid out, the mountains raised, the fountains gushed forth, the seas subjected, the rivers poured forth, the sun shone, the moon gave light and the stars illuminated when no one knows where You were except You.” (Dalail).
Ya Ayyuhal Mu’minoon! O Believers! We are in the Days of Hajj, the Holy, Sacred Days of Zul Hijjah. Ya Allah! Accept our intention to be on the Hajj this year. Ya Allah! Grant our dua to come to you in our lifetime to call out to you in the Land where Hz. Ibrahim and Peygamber Efendi (AS) walked, and for us to cry out like they cried out saying the Talbiya of “Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk. Labbayka la Shareeka laka labbayk. Innal Hamda, wan-ni’mata, laka wal mulk. La Shareeka Lak!”
For the believer, when he hears this call, “At your Service ya Allah, I am at your service! At your Service, ya Allah, You have no partners! All Praise, and all Bounty, are Yours alone, and all Kingship. You have no partners!”, for the believer, when he hears this call something must wake up inside his spirit. Because the Hajj, it is something from our own Fitrah. The desire to visit our Lord, it is something that is natural inside of us. The yearning to go back to Allah is inside our hearts, it is inside our spirit. When you say these words, everything around you is saying it with you. Holy Prophet (AS) said: “When any Hajji says the Talbiya, every stone and tree on his right and on his left starts saying the same Talbiya, until the whole world is echoing with the Talbiya.” (Ibn Khuzayma). So in these Holy Days the whole world, for over 1400 years, is shaking with this call of being ready for the Hizmet of Allah, for the return to Allah. These words are still echoing from the time of our Grandfather Hz. Ibrahim (AS).
Because Allah (SWT) told him to announce the Hajj, and he said, “Ya Rabbi, how can I call this to the people when my voice will not reach them?” And it was said, “Call them, and We will convey it.” So Hz. Ibrahim (AS) stood up in the Holy Lands and said, “O Mankind! Your Lord has established a House, so come for Hajj to that House!” And all the mountains lowered themselves so that his voice reached every corner of the earth, and all those who were still in their mother’s womb, or seeds in their father, heard the call. And everything that heard him, from stones, to tress, to those whom Allah wrote in their destiny that they would make the Hajj, they answered and they will keep answering until Judgment Day, “Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk. Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk.” (Ibn Kathir).
So this need to return to Allah (SWT) is circling in our spirit for thousands of years. Now we ask ourselves- what are we doing to respond to that call? Are we waking up to that spirit of “Labbayk” inside of ourselves? Or are we shutting it down, and suffocating it, and killing it? The answer is clear to anyone who looks. Rejecting that call of Labbayk, it is rejecting Allah. This is why the Holy Prophet (AS) said, in a Hadith recorded by Imam al-Ghazzali (KS): “Whoever dies without doing Hajj, then let him die as a Jew if he wants, or if he wants, as a Christian.” (Ihya).
Why these heavy words from Rahmatalil Alamin? Because the Hajj, it is not just a symbol, it is a physical and spiritual return to Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. It is letting us to return to out Lord, not when we think that we are going to pass from this world, not in the grave, not in Ahiret, but while we are still living. So that we can carry that return to our Lord into our lives when we return from the Hajj. It is a sign for man’s return to his Lord as a Nafs al-Mutma’inn, as a Soul at Peace. And if somebody does not want that, and if someone does not long for that, then what kind of Muslim would that person be? After all, Hajj is a preparation for death. Allah (SWT) is talking about this kind of people in Surah Yunus, saying: BismillahirRahmanirRahim “Those who don’t look forward to the Meeting with Us and are pleased and satisfied with the Dunya life, and who are in Ghaflat (heedlessness) about Our Ayats, about Our signs- their home will be the Fire because of what they used to earn.” Sadaqallahul Azim (10:7-8).
Sahib el-Sayf Sheykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi al-Rabbani is speaking to us about the difference between people who don’t want to return to Allah, and those who cannot wait to meet their Lord, saying: “Only a handful of people today are in that safety. The rest, east, west, north and south they are suffering. They say, “We are living in the third world countries. We have problems. We have income problems. Let’s go to America to fix it.” They come to America and they become slaves to the money. They become slave to Dunya. They are completely lost then. We must wake up before Azrail is coming. Azrail is not waiting for you to say, “Come, I am ready now.” He knows when he is going to come. Even if you know when he is going to come to you, every minute you have to be ready. Who says that Allah is not changing? If He likes He changes it right away. If you know that you are going to die ten years from now, if He wants He will change it saying to Azrail, “Go and take that one’s life right now.” What will we do then? So we have to be like the soldiers, ready, ready for the orders to move. Not to move to destroy. To move from this Dunya to Akhirat…
Don’t keep yourself busy with this world, with the love of the world. Keep yourself busy with the love of Allah. If the love of Allah enters in your heart, then you cannot wait for Azrail to come to take you. Then if the whole world is given to you, you kick it away. You don’t want it. You wait, you wait patiently saying, “Ya Rabbi, I cannot wait. Send that one to me.” Because Holy Prophet (AS) is saying, “Don’t ask for death”, those ones, the Holy ones are running to do good things on the way (of Allah) more. If it was not for that, today you will find none of them. They would all be saying, “Take us from this world because we don’t want to see this mess in the world.” In the east, west, north and south, in every house and in every Dergah, every masjid, every prayer place, every worship place turned upside down. Wake up to yourselves. We don’t have too much time left. We don’t have too much time in this Dunya. Don’t get into illusions and delusions to yourselves to think, “I am the chosen one.” No.
Your chosen oneness is according to how much you are running to keep your promise to your Lord. If you are running to keep the promise to Allah (SWT) then Allah puts you up. What Allah puts up, no one can put down. What Allah is not putting up, no one can put it up. Worldly you may have some things but you will be down. And the only way of going up is Taqwa. Who has more Taqwa is that one who runs more to fulfill his promise to his Lord.”
So we did not go to Hajj physically this year. We must at least show the Hajj in the way that we lives our lives, in our lifestyle in these few days. We must show the sacrifice of Hajj. We must show the submission of Hajj. Understand that your Lord is watching you. Act in a way that is showing, “O My Allah, I could not go to Hajj this year. But I am making intention to be in Ihram. I am making intention to be dead to the desire of this world. I want to be with You. I want to return to You.” We cannot go to the Hajj physically- but we can still answer that call. We can still say “Labbayk.” We can still live according to that Labbayk.
The person who lives like that, Allah cannot wait to see that person. The Holy Prophet (AS) said: “Allah promised the Kaaba that every year 600,000 pilgrims would visit. And if fewer come, Allah will make up the number by His Angels. And the Kaaba will be received at the Entrance, like a bride, on the Day of Judgment. And with the Kaaba will be every person who ever came on pilgrimage, hanging onto the Cloth of the Kaaba, making Tawaf of the Kaaba on Judgment Day, until it enters Paradise, and they will enter with it.” (Ihya).
O Believers! We cannot visit, physically, the House of Allah this year. But inside of us, is the Throne of Allah, our hearts. What are we putting in there? Our Lord, that is His Throne, not anything else. And Islam and Tarikat came to teach mankind how to put Allah (SWT) on that Throne, not to put our ego, not to put ourselves, and to take away all the idols that we have polluted our hearts with. You want to make Hajj? You want to purify the House in your heart? You want to learn how to Return to Allah? Sit with those who are the leaders of the Caravan to Hajj. That itself will be a Hajj.
We are not saying something new. We are saying the teachings of Islam. Listen to this history of Hz. Junaid al-Baghdadi, one of the Greatest Saints. He is saying “Once a Sayyid who lived in Jilan, left home with the intention of Hajj. On his journey, he passed through Baghdad. He came to the Dergah of Hz. Junaid. Hz. Junaid asked who the person was and he said that he was from Geylan, and that he was a grandson of Hz. Ali. Hz. Junaid said to the young man, “Your Grandfather Hz. Ali used to draw a sword with two points. One against the Kufaar and Mushrikeen, one point is against the Kufaar and Mushrikeen, and the other against his Nafs. Which sword do you draw?” When the man heard this, he passed out onto the ground. He then came back to himself and said, “This is my Hajj. Put me on to the path of Allah.” Hazrat Junaid said, “Your heart is the special Haram of Allah, so you should try to the best of your ability not to allow any non-mahram to enter it.” (Kashf al-Mahjub).
O Believers! It is not enough for us to say that we want to return to Allah. Saying is one thing, to make our lifestyle to reflect it is another.We have to take care of that heart, and we have to take out the false idols from that heart. Until we do that, our Hajj will just be a physical Hajj. Allah (SWT) is calling the Kaaba the “Ancient House” in the Kuran-i-Kerim. Don’t forget. We are not from this dunya, this is not our home. We are from somewhere Ancient. We are older than this world. We are older than anything that Allah (SWT) had created and is creating. And everything inside us wants to return to that Ancient Home.
It is as Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi (KS) is saying: “All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, And I intend to end up there. I’m like a bird from another continent, sitting in this birdcage. The day is coming when I fly off, But who is it now in my ear who hears my voice? Who says words with my mouth? Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? I cannot stop asking. If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this jail. I didn’t come here of my own will, and I can not leave that way. Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.”
Tarikat answers these questions. Not philosophy. Not scholarly knowledge. Tarikat. Because Tarikat makes you experience the yearning behind the questions, and Tarikat makes you experience the journey toward the answer. The best knowledge is the knowledge that you experience. And that is the teaching of Tarikat. We are making intention to make that Journey of the Real Hajj toward our Lord. And we are making intention to make that Journey in the Caravan of Saints. If we stay in the Caravan, insyaAllah ar-Rahman we will reach the destination.
We are praying to our Lord, Allah (SWT), in this Holy Jummah of Zul Hijjah, with the Dua of Imam el-Jazuli in Delail Khayrat saying, “Ya Allah, I ask You, my Ruler, Lord and Master, my Trust and my Hope. I ask You by the Holiness of the Holy Month, the Holy Land, the Station of Muzdalifa, and the Tomb of Your prophet, peace be upon him, that You grant me something of the good which no one has knowledge of except You. And turn evil aside from me of which none has knowledge except You.
Ya Allah, O You Who granted Shith to Adam, Isma’il and Ishaq to Ibrahim, and returned Yusuf to Ya’qub. O You Who lifted the trials from Ayyub, and returned Musa to his mother, O You Who increased al-Khidr in knowledge, O You Who granted Sulayman to Dawud, and Yahya to Zakariyya, and ‘Isa to Maryam and You Who protected the daughter of Shu’ayb, I ask You to bless our master Muhammad and all the Prophets and Messengers. O You Who granted our Master Muhammad (AS) intercession and high rank, I ask You to forgive me my sins, and veil all my faults for me, protect me from the Fire, grant me Your pleasure, protection, pardon, and compassion, and to let me enjoy Your Garden with those on whom You have bestowed blessings among the Prophets, the true, the martyrs, and the righteous. You have power over all things.
And may Allah bless our master Muhammad and his family as long as the winds move the high clouds and everyone with a soul tastes death, and may He send peace to the people of peace in the land of peace with greetings and peace.” (Delail)
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifa of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
8 Zul Hijjah 1440
August 9, 2019